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The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) provides tools to enable users of biodiversity information to find, access, combine and visualise data on Australian plants and animals; these have been made available from Here we provide a subset of the tools to be directly used within R.

ALA4R enables the R community to directly access data and resources hosted by the ALA.

The use-examples presented at the 2014 ALA Science Symposium are available in the package vignette, via (in R): vignette("ALA4R"), or browse it online.


Stable version from CRAN:


Or the development version from GitHub:


If you wish to use the data.table package for potentially faster loading of data matrices (optional), also do:


On Linux you will first need to ensure that libcurl and v8 (version <= 3.15) are installed on your system — e.g. on Ubuntu/Debian, open a terminal and do:

sudo apt-get install libcurl4-openssl-dev libv8-3.14-dev

or install via the Software Centre.


See the online documentation at including the package vignette.